Oldham County Singers

Conductor Fitzpatrick has a loyal following

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (September 2004) – Angela Fitzpatrick has always followed her heart when it came to music. Her passion and drive have earned her the respect and admiration of many in the community.

Oldham County Singers

Photo by Don Ward

The Oldham County Singers perform at last February’s Oldham County Showcase.

For the last three years, Fitzpatrick has been the music conductor for the Oldham County Singers, a local singing group. From the moment she first saw the small closely-knit group, she knew they had a lot of potential.
Hailing from a musical family, the 4-foot-10 Fitzpatrick packs a powerful punch when it comes to inspiring her group.
“We feel privileged to learn from such a professional,” said Oldham County Singer member Octa Kellond. After hearing Fitzpatrick and the singers perform in 2002, Kellond knew she wanted to be a part of the group.
Originally from Hartford, Conn., Fitzpatrick grew up in New York. She has lived in Louisville for the past 12 years to be closer to her son, Kevin. She will only reveal her age by saying, “I’m eligible for social security.”
It was while teaching chorus at Mercy Academy in Louisville that she was encouraged to join the Oldham County Singers. On the suggestion of the group’s co-founder, Anne Helton, Fitzpatrick decided she would like to work with the singers, to help them “develop and grow.”
“I have always had a chorus,” said Fitzpatrick. Choral conducting was her chosen profession while attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She gained experience as an announcer for local radio stations in upstate New York and Kentucky.
“Ms. Fitzpatrick is ageless and an absolute dynamo,” said Kellond. Her vim, vigor and vitality are all qualities that lend themselves to her wonderful teaching abilities, said Kellond.

Oldham County Singers

Photo by Don Ward

The group is led by conductor
Angela Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick strives to provide an extensive repertoire that will reach people of all tastes. The group began with 10 members and is now comprised of 20-25 members. They try to perform publicly every six weeks.
Anne and Don Helton formed the Oldham County Singers five years ago. Anne Heleton said that after moving to Kentucky, she was not involved with any activities. Knowing she liked to sing, her husband organized the Oldham County Singers.
As the group’s director, Helton said Fitzpatrick brings a vast knowledge as well as a genuine love of music. Fitzpatrick has the group sing the music, giving each selection a feeling of its own, so that it’s not merely a repetition of words with no meaning. “We sing the music, not just sing the music,” said Helton.
Fitzpatrick makes music come alive for the group; she is their constant audience. It is her training, her philosophy, that makes her a perfectionist, said Kellond. “She believes in us.”
Fitzpatrick said one of the things she likes best about the group are their weekly rehearsals every Monday at 7 p.m. She likes to see something accomplished during the rehearsals, “to see them grow and hear them laugh,” Fitzpatrick said.
The group has performed programs for many area functions and at churches, fraternal organizations, community benefits and nursing homes. They are available to perform for $150 per half hour.

• For more information on the group, contact Fitzpatrick at (502) 429-0409 or Kellond at (502) 241-6806.

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